Retiring too early: Michael Clarke 24



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Michael Clarke has “shocked” the country today by announcing that he will make a John Farnham style comeback to the cricket.  And he’s only confirming the experience that many here will profess… that you shouldn’t retire until you’re good and ready to, especially if you have a few useful years in you!  The batsman most revered is to make a comeback in shortform cricket he says.  But he isn’t ruling anything out.

Are you pleased to hear of his comeback? It certainly raises two important questions.  Firstly, if he has top level cricket in him should we encourage him to play and lead at the top levels again?   And should he consider the careers of others younger then him in cricket and make space for them at the cost of his own career? Its a debate many here can relate to and apply to their own lives.

34 year old Former Test Captain, Clarke formally retired in August 2015 after a mortifying performance in the Ashes.  But his departure from the game left a gap in his life.

“I’ve realised the game of cricket is in my blood. I’ve been looking for an outlet to replace what I’ve chosen to walk away from.”

His comeback has been scheduled for a grade-level game with his Western Suburbs club against Randwick-Petersham in Sydney on the 20 and 21 of February.

“All I know is, I’ll never say never to anything. I’ll start with Western Suburbs and we will see where it takes me. For now, my focus is definitely on the shorter format of the game.”

Clarke has shown an interest in returning to Australia’s domestic Twenty20 league.

“I still believe I have some unfinished business in the Twenty20 department of cricket. We’ve got BBL, IPL, a number of tournaments around the world that allow you the opportunity to go and play that,” he told Channel Nine today.

“When I was playing for Australia I was focused on Test and one-day cricket. I walked away from that, now I have the opportunity to focus on the shorter form of the game if I enjoy this game.”

Lovers of Australian cricket will find this news exciting and possibly controversial.  Do you think it is good to see Clarke keen to make a comeback?  Do you worry that it limits opportunity for the younger cricketers moving through the ranks?


Rebecca Wilson

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  1. Good for him. If he has the skills why should he make way for younger players. It is about ability not age.

  2. I think that he decided that he likes the limelight…..In his field he needs to let the younger players have a go…Professional sports people rarely go past their late 30’s early 40’s

  3. Sorry no I don’t younger more deserving cricketers should be pushed aside for him to come back….he made the decision to retire and that’s that…if he is needed in BBL or Sheffield, Or other local cricket but not at the top level…..that has always been Australia’s problem, they don’t blood young ones earlier enough and keep players too long.

  4. he only wants more money,some not very nice comments about several people in todays paper by him.

  5. His injuries were the problem and they could do everything and arrange it and first time out the hamstring goes again would not be worth the trouble….

  6. It’s a bit hard to say not knowing him but if he’s valuable to the game then go for it, but that’s the trouble isn’t it, sports people retire at a young age, if you haven’t another profession what do you do, they all can’t have a job in media there’s to many of them, back in the day you had something to fallback on. It’s even debatable at an older age if we want to stay on working, I was told by a younger work mate I was taking a younger persons job, I was being selfish.

  7. When you retire you retire. Maybe he doesn’t like not being in the limelight. He is a show pony

  8. Sometimes you just need time out to get your mind back in its thinking spot again. He will probably come back a different player.

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